Daytona Beach authorities said a 10-year-old boy has been arrested for at least three car break-ins and thefts within the past month.
According to investigations, local police said the boy, who was identified as Damarion Moore, cut off a GPS tracking bracelet that he was issued for allegedly stealing cars.
Beverly Corte said the boy and some other juveniles stole seven cars from her lot at Daytona Direct Auto on Mason Avenue.
Damarion’s father said he’s disappointed by the allegations thrown against his son.
“I was hurt because in this neighborhood, you get a lot of crime, and I didn’t know my kids (were) doing most of the crime,” said Darran Moore. “There’s no explanation. Really, I put it on myself.”
Corte questions why Damarion’s parents were not keeping a close eye on him.
“I know we have busy lives, but this has caused a lot of stress and it’s unnecessary,” said Corte. “Your 10-year-old should be in bed at 3 in the morning.”
Police said they believe Damarion can get back on the straight and narrow, and the chief said the department is trying to work with the family.
Although the state said it depends on the child’s history and if they think the child can be helped.
The police chief said he wants to see Damarion get involved with sports or a youth program.
“It’s a tragedy. He really didn’t have a criminal record until the last month or so,” said Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri.
Police arrested Damarion for burglary of a conveyance, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Source: Daily Mail